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How would you describe education policy and why does it have to adapt to the new learning environments today?

The rules and regulations that are contained in an education policy aim to direct a country’s education system. These are principles that are usually implemented for long periods without any amendments. In education today, the policies are meant to facilitate a smooth, fair, and efficient learning practice. However, in most countries, these systems seem to be set in stone; such is evident in the case where the policy enforcers implement them blindly without the consideration of the emerging trends that an already outdated system is unable to cope with. Thus, my question is, is there a need for a new education policy to improve the learning environment?

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Kaitlin Dean on January 9, 2018

All education policies can be collectively described as clearly laid out strategies on how to teach students, identify classroom curricula, and oversee the handling of the students and other members of staff in a school. You must have noted that most school policies are either formulated at the local, state, or national level aimed at ensuring the safety, competence, and impartiality in the entire learning process. Regardless of the level at which the policy is formulated and implemented, one thing is sure: teaching today works towards developing a self-sustaining and knowledge-based economy. However, with the increasing level of complexity in the world today, the education system is presented with new hurdles that regularly fuel the need to have a new and improved strategy intended to prepare students to be functional and productive members of society in today’s very challenging learning environment.

Undeniably, to come up with a satisfactory education strategy that brings about positive change, we have to understand how it interacts and influences the education system as a whole. As we study the interaction of these policies with today’s learning environment, we are made aware of the need to update them to facilitate their use to bring about positive changes in the education sector. The formulation of new policies to oversee the new learning processes should be in line with all current and emerging technologies to better integrate them into school systems countrywide. When the policies that govern education call for the inclusion of technology in schools it will help bridge the capacity gap by providing more learning opportunities for students and better delivery methods for the teachers. Also with the development of new learning policies, there is a renewed emphasis on the improvement of learning outcomes through the standardization of all learning processes and subsequent assessment opportunities. The adoption of a new and improved strategy also strives to nurture student performance by explicitly targeting deficiencies in the organizational structure and improving upon their shortcomings. For instance, the policy should be able to guide the school administrative authority on how to properly utilize financial resources to better the conditions in existing learning institutions or contribute to the development of new ones. The policy should allow for the use of incentives to compel positive changes in the behavior of both the students and teachers alike. There is no single solution to this problem; it is hence, the work of the policymakers to develop a reliable, and viable solution by combining the above-mentioned factors into new education policies that better react to the new and unique challenges facing our students and teaching personnel.

Caleb Jenkinsa year ago

Regardless of the learning environment you find yourself in, the policies help to even out the experience. Everyone should be in support of the policies governing the education sector need to change to cope with the new challenges that it faces today. As described, the policies are struggling to keep up with new methods of teaching and severely in need of a makeover if they are to help bring about a self-sustaining and knowledge-based economy. However, the endeavor would be more successful when more than one contributing factor is involved. The education system would do far much better with the implementation of an improved learning strategy in addition to its already existing resources. Therefore, the discussion to implement some changes to the outdated education policies is a step in the right direction in the provision of quality education countrywide. However, to provide a more informed decision on the development and implementation of a new strategy quite a lot of work should be done to bring the idea to fruition, such as the examination of associated costs, the social and economic impact, and the long-term sustainability of the new policies. This is an opportunity to bring about the change needed in the education sector.

Kyle Mckinney6 months ago

I agree that the education policy in most countries is already outdated and must change. We live in a modern world where we can’t imagine our lives without technology that helps us communicate with other people that may live at the other side of the world. Technology has been useful to create bridges between peoples with different cultures and its benefits can be seen not only in the social area but in the educational sector too, because education today can reach more people on the internet. Countries should increase their use of technology in the classroom to improve education.


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